Advice from BC Ferries as busy long weekend arrives

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
May 19, 2017 - 1:06pm
Expect to see lots of traffic if you're catching a ferry this long weekend.
Expect to see lots of traffic if you're catching a ferry this long weekend. Ian Seggie
Busiest sailing times on the Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay route
Busiest sailing times on the Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay route BC Ferries

NANAIMO — Travellers should be prepared to navigate one of the busiest weekends of the year if they're planning on sailing with BC Ferries.

The company's Deborah Marshall said extra sailings will help ease the pressure.

“We have added 85 extra sailings on the busiest routes in the fleet and that does include 15 extra sailings between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay.”

Marshall said traffic is typically busiest on Friday, May 19 leaving the Mainland and on Monday when travellers head back the other way. She said it could be difficult for people to guarantee a spot on a particular sailing if they haven't already done so.

“Reservation space has been pretty much fully subscribed at the peak times, but that doesn't mean the ship is full, we do have room for standy-by traffic.”

Marshall said the Duke Point-Tsawwassen route could be a better option since the other main Nanaimo terminal will be heavily leaned on

Marshall cautioned there is a chance foot passenger numbers could be capped on Monday at the Departure Bay terminal.

She said up-to-date information is available through the BC Ferries Twitter feed, while current conditions are listed on their website.

 

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